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HTC One M9 Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update Hits Carrier Versions In Canada: What Does It Bring?

20 January 2016, 9:54 am EST By Alexandra Burlacu Tech Times
Android 6.0 Marshmallow finally reached some carrier-versions of the HTC One M9 in Canada, bringing a slew of neat features and improvements to the table. Here's what versions got the treat, and what are the highlights of this update.  ( HTC )

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is making its way to more devices, including some carrier versions of the HTC One M9 in Canada.

The latest version of Android became available for the general public in late 2015, and it's slowly making its way to more non-Nexus devices. HTC is among the first OEMs to move forward with its Marshmallow rollout plans, and it continues to make progress in this regard.

Just a few days ago, HTC's Mo Versi took to Twitter to announce that Android 6.0 Marshmallow was headed to a few carrier versions of its One M9 in Canada. That announcement prompted various user questions and brought more good news in response, including a confirmation that the Sprint HTC One M8 would get a taste of Marshmallow this week.

We have no news on whether Sprint has already started the rollout, but the HTC One M9 in Canada did indeed get the new update. Just as Mo Versi promised, Android 6.0 Marshmallow went live for HTC One M9 owners on Sasktel, Wind Mobile, Videotron, and Rogers, bringing a slew of neat features and improvements.

The new Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings the much-touted Doze feature that improves the embedded power management, while also allowing the system to suspend certain applications that are only rarely used. Doze shuts down power-draining features the device would otherwise keep running even when it's idle, thus notably improving battery life. For instance, Doze will suspend AutoSync, location sensors and others such when the device is idle and untouched, and will reactivate them once the user picks up the device and starts using it.

With Android 6.0 Marshmallow, users can now also finely tune app permissions, gaining more control over what data to hand over to applications. This option is now embedded into the OS itself, putting more power in users' hands.

Another great feature of the latest Android version is Google Now on Tap, which brings neat improvements over the simple Google Now assistant. Google Now on Tap offers more detailed information based on the contents of the screen, which can be of great help in a number of situations.

To get a better idea of what's on the table, check out the top 5 Android 6.0 Marshmallow features that proved to be the most popular.

As expected, HTC has also included some generic performance improvements and bug fixes, while also giving its camera app a nice refresh.

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